One answer to discontent
The facts submitted by independent infrastructure consultant, Grant McLachlan, were revealing and reflected the concerns of Northern Rodney ratepayers. However, not mentioned was that a select committee listened to the submissions of those affected on the northern boundary of Auckland City. The recommendation of this committee, chaired and dominated by Government members, was that the boundary should be at the Puhoi Tunnel. In an almost unprecedented move, John Key and his Government rejected this, and decided the city's boundary should include the rural areas of Northern Rodney. The select committee process proved a waste of everyone's time.
For seven years, much of our rates has been used for city projects, which will now include a petrol tax. Meanwhile, our roads have deteriorated to a point where a school bus operator has threatened to curtail services due to safety concerns.
This festering sore of discontent can only be resolved by holding a referendum which will be accepted and resolve this issue. Gordon Levet, Wellsford.